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Whoever builds something here will be rich beyond measure - Fabio Pacucci
Andy Weir operates in his own sub-genre of science fiction which is dominated by scientific problem solving that drives the narratives forward, and I am so here for it. Project Hail Mary is similar in many ways to The Martian (which I also loved) -- an isolated explorer must apply scientific principles to engineer his way out of a series of life threatening problems. But the setting, the emergency, and a certain development (that I won't spoil but that makes this my favorite example of another sub-genre of science fiction) ratchet up the stakes and intrigue worlds beyond what The Martian achieves. I couldn't put this book down, and I wish I could send it back in time to my younger self, because I'm almost positive it would have changed my life trajectory by inspiring me to become an engineer.
Alex Rosenthal, TED-Ed Team
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